Convert Your Home to Solar Energy
his definitive homeowner's guide to solar energy has arrived at just the right time. With the cost of heating oil and electricity fluctuating wildly, consumers are clamoring for information on alternative energy. This source book covers all the relevant technologies, including solar space and water heating, as well as photovoltaic electricity.
It's practical (with cost calculators, tips on taking advantage of rebates and tax incentives, and advice on finding specialized contractors). And it's authoritative, written by a recognized expert in the field, Everett Barber, Jr., who has 30 years' experience installing all kinds of solar energy systems. Co-author Joseph Provey has been writing about the topic for almost as long. Together, they cover every facet of planning, installing, operating, and maintaining a residential solar energy system.
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In my opinion, the book, Convert your Home to Solar Energy is absolutely a home run in these terms: The text is exceptionally well illustrated, the presentation of scientific principles governing the success of solar, insulation and other means of capturing and using both photovoltaic and heat energy are clearly presented. Further, making comparative judgments about which strategy to use for optimal cost/benefit is offered to the reader in terms that can be understood without difficulty so the most appropriate strategies can be adopted.
If science textbooks for high school science pupils were as well designed when I used them earlier in my career, the students and their teacher would have been much better off. I recommend this book to all who seek to implement green energy solutions. - Dr. David C. Newton
A must read for anyone planning a solar project
Everett Barber is a consummate technician and engineer with the ability to make everything understandable. He is able to put together his extensive expertise and long years of experience in the field and cover the waterfront for solar applications. This book has content for the lay person as well as the practitioner; the homebuilder or the backyard inventor or just someone getting into the field. Clear illustrations provide practical applications, useful diagrams and the how and why behind the technology. This book is a must have before starting a solar project, building a new home or learning applications of solar energy. As director of the Talcott Mountain Science Center, an owner of a passive solar home and a member of the local energy commission I highly recommend this book.